The first e-commerce was a drugs deal

40 years ago students at two technical colleges arranged the first marijuana drug deal via the internet.

In 1971 or 1972, Stanford students using Arpanet accounts at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory engaged in a commercial transaction with their counterparts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before Amazon, before eBay, the seminal act of e-commerce was a drug deal. The students used the network to quietly arrange the sale of an undetermined amount of marijuana.

Read more in The Guardian article here: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/apr/19/online-high-net-drugs-deal